The potential for generating water supplies in fog-intensive regions is high. However, to this day it remains practically unexploited.
A special synthetic net with a mesh of triangular holes forms the basis of the fog nets. The last stitches are pulled before the net is hung into its frame.

Call for grant applications – Fog collection projects

To assist the development of projects for collecting water from fog and dew, the Munich Re Foundation is awarding one or more grants for the provision of new or the enhancement of existing fog collection projects.

Collecting water from fog and dew offers an unexplored water source in many regions across the globe where other options are not available. Recent projects have shown that a single large fog collector of 40 square metres can collect over 200 litres of drinking water per night. The potential is huge. In the East African country of Eritrea alone, experts estimate that over 400,000 people stand to benefit from such water. However, only just over 20 projects for collecting water from fog and dew are currently known, these being mainly in Latin America and Africa.
The award:
The sum of €25,000 will be available in 2011 and in 2012, amounting to a total of €50,000. Payments will be made in accordance with progress (milestones) towards completion of the project. Co-funding of 50% would be preferred. Projects that apply for a grant should be completed by the end of the grant period (2012), when the projects should become self-sustaining.
Submission deadline: 25 March 2011

How to apply?

  • Applicants are required to complete the grant application form and e-mail it to:
  • Applications must be submitted at the latest by 17:00 Central European Time on 25 March 2011.
  • The proposals will be screened and selected by the Munich Re Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Grantees will be informed by the end of May 2011. 
  • If you have any questions about the application process, please contact

Applicants and future grantees are required to supply the following project documentation:

  • Completed grant application form.
  • Quarterly progress reports (two – four pages, including photos).
  • Final report (max. ten pages) within three months of project completion in December 2012.